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Legal news from Monday, April 16, 2007
by Caitlin Price

A US federal jury in Louisiana Monday awarded $2.8 million in damages and penalties to an Allstate Insurance Co. policyholder in the second federal lawsuit to go to trial involving Louisiana homeowners affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Homeowners Robert and Merryl Weiss sued Allstate for bad faith, alleging that the insurance carrier did …

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by Caitlin Price

Guantanamo Bay military prison detainee Abu Zubaydah denied accusations of al-Qaeda involvement and made allegations of torture, according to a transcript released Monday of his March 27 testimony before a US Combatant Status Review Tribunal. Zubaydah, a Palestinian, testified that from 1994 until approximately 2000, he worked at guest houses in …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Senate Judiciary Committee Monday postponed until Thursday the scheduled Tuesday testimony of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales regarding his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys in the wake of Monday's Virginia Polytechnic Institute shootings that left 33 people dead …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Russian court Monday upheld a decision to move former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky from a Siberian penal colony to a Moscow prison while officials investigate new charges of money laundering. The ruling also applies to Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev, who faces embezzlement and money laundering charges. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende Monday criticized efforts to create a new constitution for the European Union, saying in a joint press conference in London that member states could be better served simply by amending existing treaties. Blair also expressed concern that an entirely …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Long Island Care At Home v. Coke, 06-593, in which the Court considered whether a 1975 US Labor Department exemption rule that eliminates overtime for "companionship services" contravenes congressional intent to provide overtime in the Fair …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Monday publicly rejected allegations that it had negotiated or sought a deal with Belgrade officials to conceal documents relating to the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro in the International Court …

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by Brett Murphy

Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika submitted a request to the UK Home Office on Monday to revoke the asylum status of Russian business billionaire Boris Berezovsky. Chaika also repeated previous requests for the UK to extradite Berezovsky, who has been charged with plotting a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin [official …

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by Brett Murphy

The Seoul District Court in South Korea sentenced five people to jail Monday for spying for North Korea. Group ringleader Korean-American Michael Jang received a nine-year sentence for encouraging anti-US sentiment in South Korea under orders from North Korea in 2005. Jang initiated contact with North Korean agents in 1998 and first established a spy ring …

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by Brett Murphy

The trial of Jose Padilla and two co-defendants on terrorism charges began Monday with jury selection. Defense attorneys have expressed concern that potential jurors may have been tainted by early accusations that Padilla had planned to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb", an allegation not among the charges against Padilla, and that …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The governor of St. Petersburg has ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations during a Sunday rally opposing the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Monday press statement. Police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday before and during the rally in St. Petersburg, just one day after some 200 anti-Putin protesters, …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that insurgents in Afghanistan are committing an increasing number of war crimes by launching attacks targeting civilians. In a 116-page report entitled "The Human Cost: The Consequences of Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan", HRW found that in 2006 669 civilians died as a result of …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled unanimously Monday that Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar should not have been barred from running in the country's April 21 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Specifically, the court held that the Nigerian Court of Appeal incorrectly ruled [JURIST …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski and his former bodyguard Johan Tarculovski went on trial Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The two men, the only Macedonians indicted by the ICTY, are charged with murdering seven ethnic Albanian civilians in the …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Arafat Rahman, the son of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, was arrested Monday on corruption allegations, according to local media. Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman was also arrested on arrested corruption charges last month in Dhaka. Tarique, a senior member in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was widely …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A Croatian county court in Osijek issued indictments Monday for seven persons, including a former parliamentarian, on charges of war crimes committed against Serbs, including abduction, torture and murder, during Croatia's war of independence from the former Yugoslavia. Prosecutors charged opposition lawmaker and former member of the ruling party Branimir Glavas with …

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